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Newark and Sherwood police chief says 'sickening' attacks on officers will not be tolerated after 48 hours of abuse

A police inspector has said 'sickening' attacks on police officers will not be tolerated after a spate of abuse.

Inspector Heather Sutton, district commander for Newark and Sherwood Police, said there had been four attacks on her officers within the last 48 hours.

She said the incidents included officers being repeatedly racially abused, spat at in the face, kicked in the head and bitten.

Inspector Heather Sutton. (6916853)
Inspector Heather Sutton. (6916853)

"Our officers are part of our community, they undertake extraordinary work everyday to protect and serve the public," said Inspector Sutton.

"They work 24/7, on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, on their loved ones' birthdays, and when they are needed at home ­— they still come to selflessly serve the public.

"Our officers have feelings, they all have their own little quirks, different characters, they are a complete mix of fathers, mothers, carers, best mates and loved ones. They absolutely do not deserve to be assaulted and abused in the line of duty."

In 2018, the maximum sentence for assault against emergency workers doubled and the courts were directed to consider the strongest penalties for such offences.

Inspector Sutton said this was to recognise the courage, commitment and dedication the workers show every day in carrying out their duties.

She said: "The message is clear: attacks on our officers will not be tolerated and you will face the full force of the law."

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